Burger Castle “Home of the Giantburger” was founded by Charles Edwards Krebs (2/13/1919 – 1/2/2009) in 1964. Charles became the first franchisee for the Burger King chain in South Florida (1957). Burger King would not allow Mr. Krebs the opportunity to open a 2nd Burger King due to their tumultuous relationship.
He turned around and created the Burger Castle chain while at the same time still owning Burger King #5 (7975 NW 27th Avenue Miami, FL 33147). Stanley Tashman designed the layout of the kitchen and dining area. The creator of the Giant outside of the Burger Castle is still unknown.
The menu consisted of the Giant Burger (similar to Burger King’s Whopper which was topped with Tomatoes, Lettuce, Pickles, Ketchup and/or Mayo), regular Burger, Fried Chicken, Roast Beef Sandwich, Filet of Fish Sandwich, Fries, Shakes and Soft Drinks.
All of the Burgers were “Flavor-Broiled”.
On September 18th, 1968 W.J. Fowler (neighbor and friend of Charles Krebs) purchased Burger Castle from him.
W.J. Fowler added a commissary for production and the logo with the giant was changed to that of the shield (which you can see in the ads below).
The Burger Castle Headquarters were located at 1035 NE 125th St North Miami, FL 33161.
Below are all of the confirmed Florida and Wisconsin Burger Castle locations:
Hialeah Drive Store: 444 Hialeah Drive Hialeah, FL 33010 (1st location opened July 10th,1964)
7th Avenue Store: 5780 NW 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33127
87th Avenue Store: 2275 SW 87th Avenue Miami, FL 33155
Pinecrest: 8865 South Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33156
7th Street Store: 2395 NW 7th Street Miami, FL 33125
49th Street Store: 345 East 49th Street Hialeah, FL 33013
Bird Road Store: 10541 SW 40th Street Miami, FL 33165
Gables Store: 2350 Douglas Rd Coral Gables, FL 33134
South Miami Store: 6855 SW 57th Avenue Miami, FL 33143
Perrine Store: 17500 S. Federal Highway Cutler Bay, 33157 (14th location opened in 1964)
135th Street Store: 13495 NW 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33168
Hollywood: 6520 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, FL 33024
Miramar Store: 6060 Miramar Parkway Miramar, FL 33023
40th Avenue Store: 1268 SW 40th Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315 (2nd location opened July 17, 1964)
Pompano Store: 2292 N. Federal Hwy Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Homestead: 280 NW 8th Street Homestead, FL 33030
Miami Gardens: 18400 NW 27th Avenue Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Kendall: 9045 SW 107th Avenue Miami, FL 33176
Casselberry: 350 E State Road 436 Casselberry, FL 32707
Milwaukee: 175 Layton Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207
Milwaukee: 5801 S. 27th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53221
Milwaukee 11011 National Avenue Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227
Other unconfirmed states that had Burger Castle were Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, and Maryland.
Part of the Burger Museum Collection:
Burger Castle 1966 Blueprints
Burger Castle Clock
Burger Castle Coupon
Burger Castle Employee Patch
Burger Castle Framed Picture (of location at 2395 NW 7th Street)
Burger Castle Matchbook
Burger Castle Postcard by Fleer